Presidential Volunteer Service Award

COVID-19 Modifications for 2020-2021 Award Year
Updated August 16 2021

*** Please use the new online form to submit your application ***

The pandemic continues, and it does not look like we will have in person concerts for most of the year. The only program currently running is the remote Bala Shruti. Unfortunately this means that opportunities to accumulate Shruti Laya volunteer hours are very limited.

Shruti Laya has made some changes to the PVSA program to try to mitigate the effects of these adverse circumstances. Please see the PVSA Application form for details of the changes. They are also quoted here for convenience:


COVID CHANGES:

  1. Shruti Laya's award year will run from September 1st 2020 to September 31st 2021. Volunteer hours earned in September 2020 can be used for this year only if they have not already been used for the previous year's award.

  2. As we know, the COVID pandemic forced the cancellation of all concerts, limiting the volunteer hours available. For this year alone, Shruti Laya volunteers can qualify for the award if they satisfy at least one of the following:

    • Participated in Bala Shruti by doing at least one of the following during the award year 9/1/2020 to 9/31/2021 (1) One performance (2) Two introductions (MC) (3) One Interview
    • Have qualified for the PVSA award in at least two of the previous three years


Note that the volunteer hours required for the award are unchanged, and you will have to accumulate them from voluntary work for other organizations. The only thing that has changed is the criteria to qualify for a PVSA award from Shruti Laya.



COVID-19 Modifications for 2019-2020 Award Year

Because of the extraordinary circumstances this year, there have been no concerts since March. This has made it difficult for our volunteers to accumulate the necessary hours, and also to collect signatures and file the forms. The following changes have been implemented to make this process easier. All volunteers have already been contacted directly with these updates. They are collected here for reference, and supersede any statements in the Volunteer Guidelines or the PVSA Application form

  1. All award requirements listed on the website and in the form will remain unchanged (we do not have the authority to reduce hour requirements)

  2. Time to accumulate hours for this year has been extended from Aug.31 to Sept.30

  3. Deadline to file the form has been extended from Sept.30 to Oct.31

  4. The signature requirement on the form can be met by providing a certificate, or an email (from the official email address) from an officer of the organization for which volunteer work was done.

  5. The scanned form may be sent by email OR use the new online form

  6. Volunteer hours accumulated from Sept.1 to Sept.30 2020 can be used either for this award year 2019-2020 or the next year 2020-2021 (but not both!)

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President's Volunteer Service Award in 2003 to recognize the important role of volunteers in America's strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.

We are delighted to announce that Shruti Laya is an official Certifying Organization to issue the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards! The award will include a personalized certificate of achievement from PVSA, a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States, and an official President's Volunteer Service Award medallion. For more details about the award, please visit http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov

Shruti Laya's award year will run from September 1st to August 31st. PVSA awards will be made exclusively to Bala Shruti members. Volunteer hours from the start of the award year will count towards this award. Volunteer hours can be for any organization and of any type, but atleast 10 hours must be earned by volunteering at Shruti Laya or Bala Shruti .

For full rules and procedures, please review the Volunteer Guidelines . These are continuously updated, so please check before you actually submit your application on the PVSA Application form or the new online form.

Please get in touch if you want to be considered for this award, so that you can be registered with the PVSA organization as a Shruti Laya volunteer!